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Thanksgiving Holidayhttp://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Thanksgiving-Holiday.aspx9/25/2017 2:08:51 PMThanksgiving Holiday<p>​There will be <strong>no change </strong>to your garbage, organics, and recycling collection day. Have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular day to ensure collection.</p><p><strong>WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES HOURS</strong></p><p>All County waste management facilities will be CLOSED Monday , October 9, except Site 8 (Matchedash).</p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1">Does not apply to residents of Barrie and Orillia</span></p>
Fall 2017 Bi-weekly Yard Waste Collectionhttp://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Fall-2017-Bi-weekly-Yard-Waste-Collection.aspx9/19/2017 1:54:26 PMFall 2017 Bi-weekly Yard Waste Collection<h2>Fall is here!</h2><p>Remember to place your materials at curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of your collection week. To determine your yard waste collection week or receive reminders click <a title="When is my collection week" href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/schedules.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>. Alternatively, consult the <a title="Waste Management Calendar" href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/County%20of%20Simcoe%20-%202017%20SWM%20Calendar%20FINAL%20%20no%20crop%20marks%20-%20web.pdf" target="_blank">waste management calendar</a>. Please remember that collection may not coincide with your garbage day. </p><p>Use paper yard waste bags, cardboard boxes, compostable bags or open-ended rigid containers. <br></p>
Warden’s Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiativeshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden’s-golf-raises-funds-for-regional-mental-health-17-9-15.aspx9/19/2017 1:34:32 PMWarden’s Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiatives<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ September 15, 2017 –</strong> Community supporters joined Warden Gerry Marshall at the Midland Golf and Country Club yesterday for the 13<sup>th</sup> Annual Warden's Golf Tournament in support of regional mental health initiatives, including training and youth mental health programs. </p><p>This year's tournament raised approximately $40,000. This is the start of a larger campaign and partnership with area organizations, such as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, focused on supporting regional mental health needs in Simcoe County. </p><p>"I'm thankful to all our generous sponsors and participants for supporting this important cause," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We are all impacted in some capacity by mental illness, as it's estimated that one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem each year. The growing impact on our youth is extremely concerning and I'm proud that we are working with area partners and communities to make a lasting impact for those suffering from this illness."  </p><p>The success of the Warden's Golf Tournament as the first step in our campaign and partnership to support mental health initiatives in Simcoe County was made possible by community supporters and sponsors, including:</p><ul><li><strong>Gold Sponsors: </strong>R J Burnside and Associates Limited<strong>; </strong>Cowan Company<strong>; </strong>DeCast<strong>; </strong>Medical Pharmacies<strong>; </strong>Nottawasaga Inn<strong>; </strong>Geranium Corporation<strong>; </strong>and Cortel Group</li><li><strong>Silver Sponsors: </strong>Town of Innisfil<strong>; </strong>Sargeant Hub International<strong>; </strong>Ainley Group</li><li><strong>Bronze Sponsors: </strong>Walker Aggregates</li><li><strong>Special Challenges Sponsors: </strong>Closest to the Pin sponsors: Lett Architects and Greenland Group Companies<strong>; </strong>Longest Drive sponsors: Pat Lalonde Fencing and the Jones Consulting Group<strong>; </strong>Hole in One Sponsors: Paul Sadlon Motors and Investors Group</li></ul><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">- 30 - </p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
County Forests officially opens Kirkup Woods Tracthttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-forests-officially-opens-kirkup-woods-tract-17-9-8.aspx9/8/2017 3:08:33 PMCounty Forests officially opens Kirkup Woods Tract<p>​<strong>Midhurst/September 8, 2017 </strong>– Simcoe County Forests is celebrating the official opening of the 104-acre Kirkup Woods Tract in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. Located within a County "greenlands" area, Kirkup Woods is ecologically diverse with important stream corridors and associated valleylands, along with mature and diverse woodlands. </p><p>"We have 32,700 acres of municipally-owned forest and remain one of the only municipalities in the province that invests in acquiring new forest properties on this scale," said Warden Gerry Marshall.  "By reinvesting forestry revenue back into the program, we continue to expand our forestry stewardship, protect more forest lands and provide recreational opportunities to our residents and visitors." </p><p>On September 13, 2017, the County of Simcoe will host an inauguration ceremony at the Kirkup Woods Tract to commemorate its addition into<span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> the County Forests. </span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">​EVENT:</strong></td><td>​Kirkup Woods Inauguration</td></tr><tr><td>​WHERE:</td><td>​2175 Line 13, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury</td></tr><tr><td>​WHEN:</td><td>​Wednesday, September 13, 2017<br>3 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Kirkup Woods has been an integral part of the larger Kirkup family farm for nearly 100 years. First operated in 1921 by Robert and Mary Kirkup, their son Robert Douglas and his wife Gladys Moriarty Kirkup took over the farm and resided there until their deaths in 1991. From the farm's earliest days, horses were used in the woods to haul sap for making maple syrup, selectively harvest trees, move timber to be milled for lumber, and deliver cordwood by sled. The woods has also served as a playground and a constant reminder for the Kirkup siblings and their children about the importance of the environment.</p><p>"We are thrilled to officially open this unique and rare parcel of forest land in an area of the County that continues to see significant growth and development," said Graeme Davis, County of Simcoe Forester. "It is also gratifying to know the Kirkups are so pleased to see the family property become a Simcoe County Forest."</p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Notice of Meetings for County Council for the Month of September, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Notice-of-Meetings-for-County-Council-for-the-Month-of-September,-2017.aspx8/30/2017 3:25:09 PMNotice of Meetings for County Council for the Month of September, 2017<p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will hold the following regular meetings of County Council during the month of September, 2017: </p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday, September 6 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Planning Advisory Committee 9:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, September 12 – Council Chamber</span></p><ul><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, September 12 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Economic Development Sub-Committee 11:00 a.m., or immediately following Committee of the Whole</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Wednesday September 13 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul><li>Audit and Finance Committee 11:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Friday, September 15 – Simcoe County Conference Boardroom - CANCELLED</span></p><ul><li>Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 9:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, September 26 – Council Chamber</span></p><ul><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p>Unless otherwise specified, the meetings will be held in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.  Meeting dates and times are subject to change and interested parties should confirm the status of the meeting through the published agenda, or contacting the County Clerk's Office at Ext. 1246 or clerks@simcoe.ca<br> <br>The agendas for these meetings may be viewed approximately seven days prior by clicking on the following link: <br> <br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=667d19f3-1f2f-431c-9980-c9d053e3ad07">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr</a><br>  <br> Any person may attend the meetings.<br><br>DATED at the County of Simcoe this 30th day of August, 2017.<br><br>John Daly<br> County Clerk<br> County of Simcoe<br> 1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6</p>
City of Barrie and County of Simcoe announce location for emergency services campushttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/emergency-services-campus-location-2017-08-21.aspx8/21/2017 7:32:20 PMCity of Barrie and County of Simcoe announce location for emergency services campus<p>Midhurst/ON - August 21, 2017 - Following approvals from the County of Simcoe and City of Barrie Councils, work on the new Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus (BSESC) is moving forward. Once complete, this modern facility will house the Barrie Police Service Headquarters, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie. </p><p>The location at Fairview Road was chosen due to its central location, which is key to maintaining emergency service response times as Barrie's borders expand. This means improved emergency response for Barrie and area residents. The site is also large enough to support future growth. The campus is being designed with the flexibility to accommodate the community's needs for the next 25 years, ensuring long-term value for residents.</p><p>In an effort to reduce costs and minimize debt, the project will proceed in a phased approach with the Barrie Police Headquarters, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service communications dispatch, and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services components being constructed in the first phase and the police and fire training facility components being deferred to a future date. In the meantime, the Barrie Police Service will retain their current location of 79 Bell Farm Road for training purposes and Barrie firefighters will continue training at their Saunders Road location.</p><p>Combining these services in one location will save approximately $15 million (15%) in capital costs plus an estimated $370,000 (18%) annually in operations and maintenance costs compared to standalone facilities. Additionally, partners will benefit from better coordination, communication and support through sharing common facilities in a campus setting. The total project budget for Phase 1 is $103 million.</p><p>Construction on Phase 1 of the campus is scheduled to begin in early 2018, with early site preparations beginning in late fall 2017. It is anticipated, the facility will be complete and operational by 2020. </p><p>A community information session is being planned for September. Details will be communicated via letter to area residents, <em>This Week in Barrie</em> (appears Thursday's in the Barrie Examiner), the community events calendar at <a href="http://www.barrie.ca/">www.barrie.ca</a> and via Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/cityofbarrie">www.facebook.com/cityofbarrie</a>) and Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/cityofbarrie">www.twitter.com/cityofbarrie</a>). The County will also provide information on <a href="/">www.simcoe.ca</a> and via Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/countyofsimcoe">www.facebook.com/countyofsimcoe</a>) and Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/simcoecounty">www.twitter.com/simcoecounty</a>).</p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.barrie.ca/EmergencyCampus">www.barrie.ca/EmergencyCampus</a> for more information including FAQs and project updates.   </p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>QUOTES</strong></span></p><p>"As Barrie continues to grow, we must find new and innovative ways to deliver services. This emergency services campus presents a unique opportunity to rethink and redefine how these services are delivered to our residents. Council and staff worked hard to explore all options and ensure that the campus meets the needs of our growing community and will deliver emergency services at the best value to residents today and for years to come." <br>– City of Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman</p><p>"The County's investment of $23.94 million in the campus demonstrates our strong commitment to ensuring that all our residents are served with the highest Paramedic Services care possible, with timely access to the health care services that Barrie residents urgently need. This local investment in necessary healthcare will benefit residents of Barrie, Innisfil, Springwater and surrounding communities for decades to come and we are grateful to our partners in the City for working with us on this innovative, multi-serve project."<br>– County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall</p><p>"The campus will serve as the hub for Paramedic Services for the County, providing centralized training, administration, storage and other support features. The strategic location close to Highway 400 and the large base of operations will also allow us to advance our strategic facility plan and eventually place suitably-sized Paramedic Stations in population growth areas with the goal of reducing our response times to these locations and building on our healthcare service excellence."<em> <br></em>– Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe</p><p>"The new centralized police facility will create efficiencies, which will ensure that the Barrie Police Service can accomplish our core functions in carrying out our mission to provide professional, accountable and sustainable police services. The Barrie Police Service along with Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, will work in unison to provide programming and services to our community with efficiency while being economically responsible." <br>– Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood." </p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>City of Barrie<br></strong></span>Emma Sharpe<br>Communications Advisor<br>Emma.Sharpe@barrie.ca<br> 705-739-4220 ext. 4436</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>County of Simcoe<br></strong></span>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>  <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Barrie Police</strong></span><br> Constable Sarah Bamford<br>Media Officer<br>SBamford@barriepolice.ca    <br>705-725-7025 ext. 2926</p>
County now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/newcomer-awards-2017-08-21.aspx8/21/2017 3:39:35 PMCounty now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p>​<strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong>August 21, 2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards. The event, in its fifth year, recognizes residents, youth, businesses, schools and organizations working to connect and improve the lives of immigrants in Simcoe County.</p><p>"Simcoe County is quickly becoming a popular destination for newcomers to call home," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Help us recognize community leaders who help make our communities so welcoming and diverse by nominating someone you know today." </p><p>The submission deadline is September 22, 2017. Information and nomination materials are available in both English and French at immigration.simcoe.ca.</p><p>Newcomer Recognition Award categories include:</p><p>Immigrant Youth (Individual)<br>Immigrant Mentor (Individual)<br>Immigrant Artist (Individual)<br>Immigrant Entrepreneur (Individual)<br>Culturally Diverse Workforce/Welcoming Work Environment (Business/Organization)<br>Marketing and Outreach (Business/Organization)<br>Multiculturalism through Education (School and Individual Educator)<br>Community Champion (Individual)</p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.   </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy updatehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-seeking-public-and-stakeholder-input-on-forest-recreation-policy-update-17-8-8.aspx8/8/2017 5:32:58 PMCounty seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy update<p><strong>Midhurst/August 8, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is encouraging anyone who spends time in our Simcoe County Forest to complete a brief survey to provide input into a review being undertaken of the Recreation Policy. </p><p>The Recreation Policy governs the public use of the Simcoe County Forest. The Policy was approved by County Council in 2006 to ensure the continued enjoyment of the Forest by all responsible users, to minimize environmental impacts and to reduce conflicts. </p><p>Assumptions which have governed the existing Policy and Forest Management Plan, and will continue to guide decision making include: </p><ul><li>The County Forest is considered to be a 'working forest' and is not parkland, preserve or for single-use. </li><li>Recreational pursuits in the Forest are a privilege, not a right. </li><li>Forest health, management and associated operations take precedence over recreational activities. </li><li>The County Forest is owned by the Corporation of the County of Simcoe, is not crown land, and as such the County is ultimately responsible for management decisions. </li></ul><p>A review of the Recreation Policy is being undertaken to assess where it is working well and to identify what changes or modifications may be needed to better address public use and improve the experience of Forest users. The outcome of the review and public feedback may include recommendations for minor amendments, clarifications and possible other changes to better achieve Policy objectives. </p><p>"We take great pride in being a municipal leader in forest stewardship and Forests Ontario recently recognized our efforts by naming us Ontario's Green Leaf Challenge award winner among large organizations for planting more than 81,000 trees so far this season," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Our forests are a treasure and asset to all our residents and visitors. Please take our brief survey and have your say in how we experience and share the Simcoe County Forest in a responsible way." </p><p>The survey is available online at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6e897b69-910b-45c6-bc22-a187ce268c38">www.simcoe.ca/recsurvey</a>. The survey can also be taken over the phone by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Forest <br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada with over 150 properties ranging in size from 13 to over 3,500 acres. The County of Simcoe is one of the few municipalities in Ontario that continues to invest in additional lands to ensure that the substantial environmental, social and economic benefits continue into the future. Within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Our forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational pursuits. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p>County of Simcoe Forestry received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) re-certification by the Rainforest Alliance<sup>TM</sup> in 2015 (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards. The County first achieved FSC certification in July 2010. Learn more about the FSC certification program at <a href="https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm">https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm</a> </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>